Sunday, April 17, 2016

Teacup Exchange Reveal

Hello Tea Friends,
One of the highlights since entering the blog world is participating in fellow blogger Stephanie's teacup exchange at The Enchanting Rose. Stephanie hosts this exchange twice a year and this was my second time participating. Last fall Stephanie was my exchange partner and gifted me with a beautiful Spode teacup and many of her amazing handiwork crafts.

This year I was delighted to receive two wonderful packages from Debbie of Blogger Loves the King!

Debbie gifted me cinnamon stick tea. Cinnamon happens to be my favorite seasoning and I enjoy flavored black teas. Along with the tea, there was a devotional book which had space for journal reflections. I like the garden theme.

This beautiful Paragon teacup was also included! The cup and saucer feature exquisitely painted camellias. If you read my blog, you may recall I featured a similar teacup. I am thrilled to have a pair! They are actually my first pair of matching teacups.

I really admire the artistry of Paragon.

Thank you Debbie for your generosity and thoughtfulness behind these gifts!

It's so wonderful to make connections over tea and across the miles.

The next teacup or mug exchange will take place in September or October. See Stephanie's blog for more details.

Here's to a wonderful week filled with tea times and friends,

Monday, April 4, 2016

Lilacs and Lavender

Beautiful scents and colors are in the air as spring has finally "sprung" here!
One of my favorite spring flowers are lilacs.

 Unfortunately several consecutive rain showers really "damaged" my lilacs this year which is such a pity as I adore their scent.

This is a photo taken last year in my backyard with a lilac branch and Royal Albert's Blossom Time Series Lilac teacup.

Many of last summer's vacations provided me with the opportunity to visit various tearooms. I didn't get the chance to share this wonderful garden and tea experience until now.

Another purple hued flower I enjoy is lavender.
While visiting Portland, Oregon I came across a brochure advertising a lavender cutting farm in Hillsboro. I was so intrigued. We enjoy fruit picking, but I've never cut lavender before.

My mom and I drove to Helvetia Lavender Farm and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon picking lavender and relaxing at the tea pavilion.

So peaceful to see all of this land.

I didn't realize there were so many varieties of lavender.

Lavender cutters are directed to take a basket and read the directions on the sign.
Bees were everywhere but not aggressive.

After cutting in almost 100 degree temperatures, we happily made our way to the tea pavilion where we ordered lavender lemonade.

Tea Pavilion 

It would be nice to come back for tea when the weather is not quite so hot. This was my first outdoor tearoom I have ever visited.

Somethings just go together: gardens and tea time.

Would love to recreate this wheel barrel teacup scene in my backyard.

Fortunately the lavender was in good condition after my flight. I placed it in a vase by my bed (without water as instructed) and had several nights of great sleep.

Enjoy these early days of spring,

(Apologies for spacing issues. Text wouldn't center for some reason this week.)

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